***FL-ALAS*** ***Newsletter***

December 2021

Big picture
Dear FL-ALAS familia,

I am honored to serve you and delighted to share that we are expanding our membership throughout Florida. We have amazing opportunities available that will help to elevate our organization's mission. Please consider joining our committees as we work to build pathways to leadership, and advance educational equity for all of our students, with a special emphasis on our Hispanic/Latino youth.

We look forward to providing more networking events, professional development, mentoring, and author book chats. As well as; providing opportunities for our members to share successes, and best practices that have been effective in meeting the needs of the school communities that they serve.

Gracias to our partners and sponsors for their generous support of our organization's vision and mission. We also appreciate the heartfelt commitment of our members, as we continue to collaborate to help transform educational institutions.

May you enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones.

Con mucho cariño,


We thank the following leaders for facilitating the various committees available. Please email us if you are interested in helping at Floridaalas@gmail.com.

Araseli Martinez-Peña: Hillsborough County

Professional Development

Laura Rounds: Osceola County


Patricia Bolinger: Broward County


Ele-Valencia Knight: Palm Beach County


In Memory of Dr. Garcia

Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County

The FL-ALAS Executive Board of Directors extend their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Joaquin Garcia, who passed away on November 28, 2021.

Dr. Garcia was the Co-Founder of the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County, and served as the Chair of the organization for more than 12 years. He was an incredible advocate and community leader who leaves a legacy of commitment to educational equity for all students.

The Joaquin Garcia Scholarship Fund has been created and will be awarded annually to a deserving high school senior of Hispanic heritage. Please consider donating in lieu of flowers.

Big picture
Big picture
In Lieu of Flowers


Let's B Social at the B Ocean Resort

Join us Dec. 14th

We look forward to having our FL-ALAS familia come together for our Holiday Network Mixer on December 14th from 6:00-800 pm. Happy hour will begin at 5:30 pm.

Join us to network, enjoy free appetizers, music, and hear from our Keynote Speaker, Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright from Broward County Public Schools.

Members will enjoy 2 free drinks upon arriving.

Big picture

Tuesday, Dec. 14th 2021 at 5:30-8pm

1140 Seabreeze Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

National ALAS Linking Latina Leaders Network

Wednesday, December 15th 6:30-8:00 pm EST

Join our very own Patricia & Patricia as they co-facilitate the National ALAS Linking Latina Leaders Network, with special guest Dr. Bettina Love.

You do not want to miss this one! There are only 150 virtual spaces available, so register now to attend.

Big picture

FL-ALAS S.O.L. Mentoring Program

Supporting Our Leaders

A special thanks to the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators. They will be providing mentors for our aspiring leaders and offer guidance and support.

We invite you to complete the survey by December 22nd if you have paid your dues and are interested.

For additional information, please email us at floridaalas@gmail.com

Join us each Monday from 6:30-8:00 pm EST for a weekly Book Chat via Zoom.

  • Dec 13, 2021 Facilitated by Illinois ALAS President Dr. Liz Alvarez
  • Dec 20, 2021 Facilitated by FL-ALAS President Patricia Trejo
  • Jan 10, 2022 Facilitated by ALAS Executive Director Dr. Maria Armstrong
  • Jan 17, 2022 Facilitated by Georgia-ALAS President Dr. Nury Crawford
  • Jan 24, 2022 Facilitated by Author Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
Big picture

3rd Annual ALAS Education Conclave

Historically Marginalized: No Mas!

Big picture
January 21-22

Register today here

FL-ALAS Virtual Professional Development

Be the Spark: Nurturing Student Inspiration

We look forward to collaborating with our sponsor Harmony SEL, and Inspire Teaching and Learning to provide a free virtual professional development regarding Social Emotional Learning. More information will be forthcoming.

Please save the following date and time.

January 13, 2022

5:30 pm-7:00 pm ET

ALAS Executive Director

Dr. Maria Armstrong

3 priorities fueling Latino leaders’ vision for a more inclusive school system.

Latino school administrators have a vision for the near future of education: More leaders of color and better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable students.

Preschool Development Grant

Florida Preschool Development Grant Provides Free Resources to Families

PAEC has awarded a grant to Footsteps2Brilliance to provide a FREE bilingual early learning, digital solution for children birth to 5 years old. The grant will pay the cost of the family licenses and the professional services that Footsteps2Brilliance will provide, including bilingual family support resources.

The grant has identified eligible families as those that meet at least one of these criteria: Migrants, EL students, rural families, low income, homeless and special needs children. PAEC and Footsteps2Brilliance are reaching out to school districts and agencies statewide to assist them in identifying eligible families and to help them get started with the program.

Please consider having your organization take advantage of this unique opportunity at NO COST to make this mobile literacy app available to the families you serve. To get started, contact Mona Ramirez, PAEC Grant Manager, mona.ramirez@paec.org or Lois Page, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lois@footsteps2brilliance.com.*

**The project described was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5) Grant Number 90TP0068-02-00 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, The Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 100% of costs are financed with Federal funds.**

Big picture

A Special Thanks to our Partners & Sponsors

Premier Partner

Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Big picture
Big picture

Silver Sponsor


Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents